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Critical Praise for Joseph Finder and His Novels

Company Man

“At long last someone has done for executives what John Grisham did for lawyers: create fictional ones sufficiently three-dimensional to care about…the book doesn't slow down for a second.”

—
Fortune

“Compelling…
Company Man
confirms what
Paranoia
made clear: [Finder] has unusually keen instincts for backstabbing in the business world…as much a novel about the chicanery of the business world as it is a mystery story…Finder weaves these prospects menacingly throughout the story.”

—
The New York Times

“Sharply created characters…makes the workplace as duplicitous a world as any in the Cold War.
Company Man
resonates with anyone who has seen corporate politics at its worst.”

—Orlando
Sun-Sentinel

“Finder skillfully places his story of corporate intrigue (who is trying to sell the company, and why?) in counterpoint to the unraveling of a family's secrets (why is Nick's son Lucas so disturbed?), and the plot, which also features rogue cops and at least one homicide, accelerates to a headlong finish.”

—
The New Yorker

“It's everything a thriller should be: suspenseful, entertaining—and, above all, thrilling.”

—
Chicago Sun-Times

“Finder (who last mined corporate culture in 2004's
Paranoia
) expertly keeps the pages turning as he ups the stakes chapter after chapter in Conover's professional and personal life. He is equally confident in portraying the small stuff involving family conflicts, marriages in turmoil and especially the telling details of corporate life…it more than achieves its main goal of entertaining the reader—as a good thriller is supposed to do.”

—
Baltimore Sun

“Once again, Finder has produced a page-turning corporate thriller with enough twists and turns for any reader.”

—
Denver Post

“Not only fast-paced excitement but also sympathetic characters with authentic back stories and realistic situations. Highly recommended.”

—
Library Journal
(starred review)

“A frightfully good suspense thriller.”

—
Booklist

“Finder has become a master of the modern thriller. There are twists and deceptions packed in here…once again, Finder has managed to update the claustrophobic thriller into something that resonates with our times…Joseph Finder has secured his niche as a master of the contemporary corporate thriller, a smart plotter in touch with our new century's soft spots.”

—
Boston Globe

“Propulsive…should cement Finder's reputation as a reliable chronicler of the perils lurking in e-mail and the executive suite.”

—
Entertainment Weekly

“A solid, engrossing thriller…the novel's pacing is strong, with steady suspense…there are few thriller fans who won't stay up to finish this assured tale.”

—
Publishers Weekly

“Finder expertly doles out the suspense and comes up with a climactic twist…a highly efficient thriller combining state-of-the-art corporate malfeasance with the old-fashioned kind.”

—
Kirkus Reviews

“The business thriller is rejuvenated by Joseph Finder with
Company Man
. That's because Finder puts the emphasis on sharply created characters instead of potentially eye-glazing business minutiae.”

—
Chicago Tribune

“Doesn't disappoint…if there ever was a one-sitting book, this is it. Don't miss
Company Man!

—
Themysteryreader.com

“Finder is back with a new thriller that is almost as good as
Paranoia
, one of my favorite books last year…the good guy/killer dichotomy is a fascinating study in an intense story about the good and evil in all of us, and Finder twists a couple of storylines and keeps those pages turning. Great read.”

—
Bookbitch

“Hard to believe it's possible that Finder could top his last success with the corporate thriller
Paranoia
but that's exactly what he does with his latest. Not only can you find the requisite devious corporate moves, but even more enticing is the sincerity, heart, and sometimes just plain madness brought about by a truly inspired cast of characters…this must-read comes highly recommended for its stunning suspense, intelligent writing, and gripping plot, along with a cast of characters that is so perfectly drawn they seem to fairly leap off the page…when you put all these ingredients together, you have one heck of a perfect read that shouldn't be missed.”

—
NewMysteryReader.com

Paranoia

“The most entertaining thriller of the year.”

—
Publishers Weekly

“Jet-propelled…this twisting, stealthily plotted story…weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web…[with a] killer twist for the end.”

—
The New York Times

“Last year belonged to Dan Brown's
The Da Vinci Code
…this year's first contender for Page Turner of the Year is Joseph Finder's
Paranoia
.”

—
USA Today

“Riveting…perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists, Finder is reminiscent of Michael Crichton, only with more character development and less slavish attention to detail…in the case of
Paranoia
, he's an expert on suspenseful storytelling that is at once slick and substantive…you may think you've read one mystery too many. Find Finder and you'll think again.”

—
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Kudos to Joseph Finder…in Finder's lively prose, even his thumbnail sketches come alive…it may go without saying that in a thriller of this quality, just about everyone has a story that's other than it first appears. What sets
Paranoia
apart from others of its genre is not only Finder's fun, chatty prose, but also his command of the setting. A former Sovietologist, the author knows his spy stuff—and has researched well the ins and outs of post-Enron corporate security…in a way, it's an intellectual puzzle that he has shaped into a thriller.”

—
Boston Globe

“Combining nail-biting suspense with state-of-the-art technology, it's sure to become one of the hotter books this year…Finder excels in keeping the reader guessing until the last sentence, literally.”

—
Dallas Morning News


Paranoia
is a cleverly nuanced suspense story. It builds slowly and relentlessly, developing character and plot, creating intrigue…fresh, original, and without cliché, this is a cerebral, contemporary thriller that ends with a wrenching twist followed by a supple extra turn.”

—
Boston Herald

“A superbly edgy read…fraught action scenes worthy of the best heist movies…in
Paranoia
, Finder mines a rich vein of scary entertainment…grab[s] readers by their throats the way
The Da Vinci Code
did.”

—
New York Daily News

“Page-turning perfection…dead-on dialogue…palpable tension…Finder has that rare knack for instantly pulling the reader into the story and then tops that with surprises within surprises.”

—
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Terrific…riveting…practically redefines the highstakes, high-tech thriller. It's the best novel of its kind since Michael Crichton's
Disclosure
.”

—
Providence Journal-Bulletin

“Fast, funny, and very, very topical.”

—
Toronto Globe and Mail

“A terrific thriller…expertly paced and full of suspense and surprises.”

—
San Jose Mercury-News

For my parents, Morris and Natalie Finder

And in loving memory of my in-laws,
Michel and Josephine Souda

That is the thankless position of the father in the family—the provider of all, and the enemy of all.

—A
UGUST
S
TRINDBERG,
1886

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